LSSSCA 2017 Fall Conference

November 5-7, 2017
Embassy Suites & Frisco Convention Center
Frisco, Texas

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LSSSCA Highlights

  • Pre-Conference Sessions
  • 50+ Breakout Sessions
  • Door Prizes
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Lunch Provided on Monday
  • SBEC & LPC Hours

LSSSCA Keynote Speaker

Monday, November 6th

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Dr. John HodgeBe the One!

Dr. John Hodge

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. John W. Hodge's career has been defined by assisting students and teachers with overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. He has served as an inspirational speaker across the United States and has been a guest lecturer at Christopher Newport University, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T State University and George Washington University. Dr. Hodge is a trained facilitator for the (SREB) Leadership Initiative Modules "Leading Assessment and Instruction" and "Creating a High Performance Learning Culture", and a trained assessor and facilitator in the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) "Developing the 21st Century Principal" program.

Dr. Hodge is the president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a reading teacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director of AVID Center Eastern Division. He served as Director of An Achievable Dream Academy, an inner city school that piloted many of the interventions used by Urban Learning and Leadership Center. An Achievable Dream Academy is a high performing, high poverty school that has received numerous national awards

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Dr. Hodge as he presents BE THE ONE! He will discuss how the education of America's youth is a challenging prospect when one considers the many burdens faced by impoverished children and their families. Research indicates that poverty need not be a barrier to academic excellence. As co-author of the book Standing in the Gap, Dr. Hodge states, "Across the nation, schools are demonstrating that it can be done: That students can reach high standards, that all children can succeed, that the gap between white and minority students, poor and affluent, can be closed." More often than not, one caring adult can make all the difference in the world. Dr. Hodge's presentation will encourage all of us to BE THE ONE!

LSSSCA Pre-Conference Learning Sessions

Sunday, November 5th, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Pre-Conference Learning Sessions include additional opportunities for more professional development and CEU contact hours. The sessions generally cover more in-depth information and allow more opportunity for discussion. These sessions are not included in the conference registration fee. Sessions are at a minimal fee. Space is limited for all sessions. Interested participants are encouraged to register early. 

All Pre-Conference sessions are being held at the same time, so you may only choose ONE session to attend. Choose one of the following!

Russ Sabella1. PART ONE: Enhancing Your DatAbility
    PART TWO: Technology Tips, Tricks, and
    Shortcuts for Counselors

Russ Sabella

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Russell Sabella is currently a Professor of Counseling in the College of Health Professions & Social Work, Florida Gulf Coast University and President of Sabella & Associates. He is well known for his Technology Boot Camp for Counselors workshops conducted throughout the country. Dr. Sabella is Past President (2003-2004) of the American School Counselor Association. He has trained and consulted with thousands of school counselors, educators, parents, and organizational leaders throughout the country.

Russ is the co-author of two books entitled Confronting Sexual Harassment Learning Activities for Teens and Counseling in the 21st Century: Using Technology to Improve Practice. He is also the author of the popular, A Friendly and Practical Guide to the World Wide Web, as well as GuardingKids. com, A Practical Guide to Keeping Kids Out of High Tech Trouble.


PART ONE: Enhancing your DatAbility
Dr. Sabella's workshop is designed to advance your understanding of how to use high-tech tools in a useful and practical manner, especially in the area of accountability and advocacy. Particular attention is given to using Microsoft Excel™ to make data an important part of your comprehensive school counseling program. From data-driven decision making, to monitoring progress, to reporting the positive impact you're having on kids - this workshop will de-mystify how it's done. Also, participants will learn how to create a "narrated, multi-media, self-advancing results report" - a digital story that inspires others about how you add value to the overall educational mission.

PART TWO: Technology Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts for Counselors 
Learn about the most powerful features of various applications including word processing, spreadsheet,  multimedia, web browsing, and social networking. Dr. Sabella will share his most coveted tips, tricks, and short cuts to help you become more effective, efficient, and have more fun in your work! Lots of handouts and time for questions and answers.


Lisa King Coleman2. Teaching Growth Mindset in Schools: Mindset Matters

Lisa King Coleman

SPEAKER BIO: Lisa has worked with students developing and using innovative practices as a school counselor for 20 years. She has won numerous awards in her district and presented her programs at local, state and national conferences. Lisa has authored five books including her latest book, Mindset Matters: A Counseling Curriculum to Help Students Understand how to Help Themselves Succeed with a Growth Mindset (2016). Other books of hers include, Making the Link (2005), Academic Advisement Program (2006), Teaching Career Essentials (2015) and How to Create A College Day (2016). Lisa attended Tufts University for her undergraduate degree and Georgia State University for her graduate degrees. She lives in Marietta, GA (Atlanta suburb) with her husband and daughter.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Are you interested in learning more about Growth Mindset? This session will review how Carol Dweck's research-based theory can be infused into your school to improve student success. Come learn about a new curriculum, Mindset Matters which uses the letters in the word MINDSET to frame your lessons: Mindfulness, Identify Brain Basics, Not Yet is OK, Determination/Grit, Self-Talk, Everyone's Unique, and Teaching Others. Since these concepts align with social/emotional, academic and career domains, you will walk away with a clear way to structure your year of lessons/groups and have student outcomes to show the success that comes from teaching about growth mindset.


Amie Dean3. Behavior Interventions That Work

Amie Dean

SPEAKER BIO: Amie Dean, M.Ed., B.A. has worked in education for 21 years. She has experience  teaching at all levels, and has taught both special and general education. She was with Fulton  County Schools (GA) for ten years, four of which she provided support to teachers and students  as the Student Support/RTI Coordinator for her middle school. She holds a Masters degree in  Education and is Nationally Board Certified as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. With 21 years  experience as an educator and 10 years as a professional consultant, Amie has worked with thousands of  teachers, counselors and administrators in over 250 districts to improve best practices in behavior support, student engagement, and differentiated instruction. Amie has trained with Dr. Rick DuFour, Dr. Kay Burke, Dr. Spencer Kagan, Dr. Ruby Payne, and many others.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Do you have a plan for what you will do when a student doesn't comply with your request the first time? Second time? How about the third time? Do you go home tired and exhausted from frustration? This presentation will guide you in developing a thorough, preventative plan for handling issues from low level distractions to serious/chronic behaviors. This is a practical, hands-on presentation filled with concrete steps you can use the next day to help students and yourself.

All of the pre-conference speakers will be staying over until Monday to present breakout sessions on different topics!

LSSSCA Breakout Sessions

50+ Informative Breakout Sessions

Covering the following target areas:  

  • Planning a Comprehensive School Counseling Program
  • Guidance Curriculum / School Counseling Core Curriculum
  • Individual Student Planning
  • Responsive Services
  • Student Support Services

LSSSCA Schedule


Sunday, November 5, 2017
1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration Open
1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Exhibits Open
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Learning Session
Monday, November 6, 2017
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Registration Opens
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Exhibits Open
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Opening Kickoff Session
9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Break - Visit Exhibitors
9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m Breakout (Program) Session One
10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Break - Visit Exhibitors
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Breakout (Program) Session Two
11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Break - Visit Exhibitors
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Speaker: Dr. John W. Hodge
1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Break - Visit Exhibitors
1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Breakout (Program) Session Three
2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Break - Visit Exhibitors
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Breakout (Program) Session Four
4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Break - Visit Exhibitors
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Breakout (Program) Session Five
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. President's Reception  (Embassy Suites Atrium)
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Exhibits Open
8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Breakout (Program) Session Six
9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Break - Visit Exhibitors
9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Breakout (Program) Session Seven
10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Break - Final Chance to Visit Exhibitors
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Final Closing Celebration:  Awards Ceremony, Annual Meeting,  Closing PowerPoint Show and  Door Prizes!

SBEC and LPC hours available  (SBEC CPE #902-466) :

12.5 SBEC CPE hours available

12.5 LPC CPE hours available

LSSSCA Registration

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by becoming a member of the LSSSCA for only $30! *

To get the member rates listed below
simply add the Membership option to your Registration.

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Texas Regional MapRegion 1 - Edinburg
Region 2 - Corpus Christi
Region 3 - Victoria
Region 4 - Houston
Region 5 - Beaumont
Region 6 - Huntsville
Region 7 - Kilgore
Region 8 - Mount Pleasant
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Region 13 - Austin
Region 14 - Abilene
Region 15 - San Angelo
Region 16 - Amarillo
Region 17 - Lubbock
Region 18 - Midland
Region 19 - El Paso
Region 20 - San Antonio


FULL CONFERENCE - Attend Both Days (Nov. 6-7)  
  LSSSCA Member * Non-Member Graduate Student* /
Early Register**
(by Sept. 15)
$125 $175 $85
Regular Registration
(after Sept. 15)
$145 $195 $105

*You must be a current LSSSCA Member to receive the Member Price. 

**To qualify for the Early Registration Rate, your registration form  AND payment (copy of your purchase order, check, or credit card) must be received or postmarked by the Early Registration cutoff date.

  LSSSCA Member * Non-Member
1. Enhancing Your DatAbility 
    & Techology Tips
    Russ Sabella
Early Registration** (by 9/15):
Regular Registration (after 9/15): 

Early Registration** (by 9/15):

Regular Registration (after 9/15): 

2. Teaching Growth Mindset
    in Schools

    Lisa King Coleman
Early Registration** (by 9/15): 

Regular Registration (after 9/15):  

Early Registration** (by 9/15):

Regular Registration (after 9/15):

3. Behavior Interventions
    That Work
    Amie Dean
Early Registration** (by 9/15):
Regular Registration (after 9/15):
Early Registration** (by 9/15):
Regular Registration (after 9/15):

*You must be a current LSSSCA Member to receive the Member Price. 

**To qualify for the Early Registration Rate, your registration form  AND payment (copy of your purchase order, check, or credit card) must be received or postmarked by the Early Registration cutoff date.

Please note: There will be no refunds after October 5, 2017.  All cancellations before October 5, 2017 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. There will be no refunds if you register as a non-member and then later become a member. Please become a member or renew your membership BEFORE registering for the conference.  The association is not responsible for and cannot give refunds due to problems beyond its control, such as weather and school closings.

SBEC and LPC hours available (SBEC CPE #902-466):

12.5 SBEC CPE hours available

12.5 LPC CPE hours available



Embassy Suites 

Reserve your hotel room today!
Limited Availability

Embassy Suites & Frisco Convention Center
7600 John Q Hammons Drive
Frisco, TX 75034

All events of the Conference will be located in the Convention Center. Standard rooms at the hotel may be reserved at the special conference rate of $149 (plus tax). This rate is valid on or before October 27, 2017, as long as rooms are available in the "LSC" block. The conference rate includes a full, cook-to-order breakfast and an evening Manager's Reception!  


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